Mean Streak

Mean Streak

by Sandra Brown


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In this New York Times bestselling thriller, a doctor is kidnapped in the mountain wilderness after a fight with her husband — and as the FBI closes in, she must make dangerous choices to survive.

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina minutes after an argument with her husband Jeff. But by the time he reports her missing, the trail has (literally) gone cold. Fog and ice encapsulate the wilderness and freeze the search.

While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory regains consciousness only to find herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark he won't even tell her his name. She's willing to take any risks necessary to survive.

But before she can escape, the two encounter dangerous people who adhere to their own code of justice. A desperate young woman is caught at the center of a dispute, and Emory can't bring herself to look the other way, even if it means breaking the law. Rising tension and barely restrained passion blurs the lines between right and wrong, and Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is the one who has rescued her from death . . . and from heartbreak.

Combining the nail-biting suspense and potent storytelling that has made Sandra Brown one of the world's best-loved authors, Mean Streak is a wildly compelling novel about love, deceit, and the choices we must make when our lives are on the line.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594899778
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 31,891
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sandra Brown is the author of seventy New York Times bestsellers. There are over eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages. She lives in Texas. For more information you can visit


Arlington, TX

Date of Birth:

March 12, 1948

Place of Birth:

Waco, Texas


Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008

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Mean Streak 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 317 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Story was riveting, kept your interest even though you think you have it figured out. She is just such a good story teller. There are only two who compare. Nora Roberts and Linda Howard. I go back and forth between the three of them. As soon as I think I like one better, I read one by one of the other two and change my mind. As you can tell, this is the latest.. so, now I' ll try Nora and see what I can find..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I was getting a great deal, when I purchased this book by Sandra Brown. Wow! A book by a great author for only $.99. Well, tricked me once again, B&N, didn't you? No where in the overview or on the cover was it mentioned this was only a 54 page preview. Slap me silly and stand me in the corner, I deserve it, for thinking, hip, hip hooray! What a great deal and nice surprize. Well, guess what? Sandra Brown just lost a loyal fan and B&N just lost a lot of my hard $$$$. I know it wad only a buck, but it was my buck and it was the principal of a dirty transaction. From now on, the books I read by big name authors, will come from the library. As I read a LOT! this may not hurt much, but I will feel better and who knows, you just might get the message, not to make fools of your consumers. AD
NYCreadergirl More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing up until the very last chapter - and then when you finally think you know whodunnit, you dont! Page-turner - finished in a day!
sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
Sandra Brown has come so far from her earliest books. You’re drawn into this story right from the very beginning with the mystery and intrigue. There are so many surprises that this may be one of her very best yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read it. You wont be sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful, fast paced! I couldn't put it down. Sandra Brown never disappoints! One of her best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Another solid Sandra Brown story! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 5 Stars! I have been a fan of Sandra Brown's work for quite some time. I even stood in line to have her sign my book a few years ago. I have read many of her recent novels but still need to catch up with a few of her recent work as well as much of her older works. When I saw a this book on Net Galley, I requested it right away and was so excited to be approved. As I was reading this book, I wondered why I don't read Sandra Brown more often. I was completely sucked into this book and simply could not put it down. That is exactly what I am looking for when I pick up a book. I am looking for that story that will knock my socks off and make the rest of the world go away for a few hours. This book was really that good. Emory wakes up to find herself in a strange cabin with a man she has never met. She has suffered a blow to the head and while the man cares for her he will not allow her to call for help. This man will not share even the most basic information with her, such as his name. Emory came to the mountains to train for an upcoming marathon. Her husband does not report her missing until several days have passed causing the police to suspect that he may have been involved in her disappearance. Meanwhile, Emory is beginning to trust the man in the cabin to some extent. When he asks her for help in caring for a young girl, Emory, a physician, quickly agrees. This book was extremely well written. I found the characters to be believable....for the most part. Of course with any work of fiction, some characters will have exaggerated traits which is to be expected. There were characters that I loved and others that I really disliked which is what makes for an excellent story. There were plenty of plot twists and I found myself guessing right up until the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a book full of twists and turns. I plan to keep reading Sandra Brown and catch of on a few of her older titles.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
Pediatrician Emory Charbonneau’s love for long distance running has been a bone of contention in her marriage for quite some time now but that won’t deter her from heading off a hundred miles into the mountains on a training run. In fact, it’s just the weekend break she needs to take a breather from the latest argument she had with her husband. Things were looking more and more bleak in her marriage and she would deal with it…when she got back. Unfortunately that wouldn’t be on Sunday as she had planned. Emory sets off on her run and wakes in a small cabin with a gash on her head, a headache from hell, and a stranger taking care of her. Her immediate reaction is one of fear and confusion but almost as quickly as those feelings settle in she senses this stranger wouldn’t hurt her and with bad weather rolling in and no way to contact her husband or friends, she would be stuck with him for a day or two. Hopefully her second set of emotions ring true and this stranger won’t be putting her in danger while she recovers a bit and tries to figure out how she ended up in this situation in the first place. Was she attacked? By this man? Did she fall? By the time her stay in the mountain cabin is over she will be warring with too many emotions to name and will have to reconcile with the fact that maybe the people she has trusted aren’t the ones she should and maybe this stranger was…. You all know I read. A lot. And every once in a while a book comes along that touches me on a different level and when it happens it’s magic. This was one of those books. While there are a few things I can’t give away, I can tell you that this is without a doubt a book you need to have in your library. Emory’s story starts off with quite a bang and doesn’t let up until the very end. There were so many twists and turns and questions along the way and it all had me glued to this book. Emory’s husband was suspect from the start and I didn’t know if he was the one behind her accident or even if it was an accident. Ms. Brown did an amazing job with giving the reader warring emotions when it came to him. There was also the stranger to consider. Emory’s savior…or was he? I will tell you that from the time we meet him you just know the story behind him is going to be emotional…good or bad, it was going to be rough. He is one of the most memorable and incredible characters I’ve ever read. No, he doesn’t speak a whole lot. No, we don’t know his name until the last few chapters. No, we don’t find out his story until the very end but that didn’t make one bit of difference. His actions and mannerisms said more than words. He is rigid and tough, living simply but has a soft side he shows only a few times in this story. But still we are left to wonder if he’s dangerous or if he’s one of the good guys. We are lead to believe from the hints he gives of himself that he isn’t exactly one of the good guys but it didn’t matter to me…I loved him anyway. Of course, while Emory is in the woods, her husband and friends are looking for her and that leads to more than a few revelations that had me gasping audibly more than a few times. I can’t give anything away but be ready for a heaping spoonful of “I never saw THAT coming”! Just trust me when I say this is a book you need to read. Suspense, mystery, and high emotion are just a few of the facets that make Mean Streak one of the best books I have ever read.
BBLB More than 1 year ago
I have been a big fan of Sandra Brown and have enjoyed her evolution as a writer over the years. This book was promising for about the first half, then became predictable and just preposterous. As the story progressed there were too one dimensional characters falling into the good or evil categories, making it far too easy to predict the outcome. I strongly disagree with the other readers who found surprises right up to the end. This one was a disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It really should say somewhere in the description that this is only a preview and not the complete book! Love Sandra Brown and can't wait to find this book somewhere else! Giving it one star so other fans might take note before buying this preview. I'm sure the book will deserve 5 stars when I get to read it.
booksandwine More than 1 year ago
Kept me guessing until the end. I liked the characters, but it did feel like it was a Showtime soft core love story at times. Trashy fun is what I'd call it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning was decent and I thought it would turn into a dark thriller. On the other hand, it turned out in my opinion, to be a far-fetched romance novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book given the title. The plot was one you've likely read dozens of times which is fine but the story line is preposterous. I was skipping paragraphs to just get to the relevant points. I also find the fact that the main character in the book runs triathlons to be completely unnecessary yet it was rather core to the story. A lot of what was supposed to make up the story line was really just back story, and the author failed to root the characters in what was supposed to have made them the characters they are. If it had been written much darker it might have been a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable - Typical story that you would see on Lifetime.  The good people are too good and naive and the bad folks are super bad. The characters are one dimensional.  
FLDrgnldy More than 1 year ago
Reads like a romance novel. Unlikely situations, unreal people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of the character villain telling how things happened explaining the end away. It is not believable that the main character stood out in freezing temps to hear whey the bad guy was going to kill her for 10 minutes. Silly and hokey and very predictable. I wanted to like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Damn it, I bought this book for 12.99 per Nook. Predictable story line, Typical ending. Very disappointed. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! RIVETING! Didnt want it to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like a story that you can't put down until the end, this book definately does that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me reading faster and faster just to get to the end. It has many plot twist that keep you guessing until the end. Worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A somewhat lame whodunit murder mystery with a soppy love story thrown in. Lots of holes in the plot that left me scratching my head...give the reader some credibility Ms. Brown. Silliness.
readinrobin More than 1 year ago
Emory drives from her home in Atlanta to a small town in North Carolina and spends the night in a motel, so she can run the next day on the trails in a national park. Early in the morning she's an hour into a long run over mountain terrain. And then suddenly stars explode in her head and she's out cold. When she wakes up, with a killer headache from a nasty head wound, she's in a small cabin with a formidable looking man who says he found her unconscious. He answers her questions tersely or not at all, and won't tell her anything about himself, including his name. He does tell her the fog outside is too heavy for him to risk driving her anywhere on the icy mountain roads, and he has no phone or close neighbors. He disables her cell phone and won't give her the password for his laptop, so she can't even contact her husband or her partners in her medical practice to let them know she's okay.  Meanwhile her husband, Jeff, is canoodling with his girlfriend, and when the girlfriend begins to express worry over the fact that Emory hasn't called him and hasn't been home yet, he says Emory is probably still mad at him after the argument they had the night before she left. Eventually he does also start to worry, calling around to see if anyone's heard from her, and then driving to North Carolina himself to report her missing and hassle the local police for not doing enough to look for her. And of course, being the spouse, he's a suspect. We also meet the deputies investigating Emory's disappearance, an FBI agent, and an assortment of other characters, both good and bad.  So how did Emory get her concussion? I was pretty sure throughout most of the book that I knew who conked her on the head, or who was behind her being conked on the head. Pretty sure, but never one hundred percent.  Lots of books in the romance and/or mystery/suspense genres feature a hero who is a “bad boy”. A dark horse. Mysterious. You know who the hero is as soon as he's introduced, and you know the hero is a good guy. You know that, whatever crimes he's been accused of or actions have been attributed to him, there will be a reasonable explanation, or extenuating circumstances, or a clearing up of a misunderstanding. So I went into this book expecting that. But this guy. I wanted to like him. Did like him. Wanted to fall for him, the way I fall for every Sandra Brown hero. But I was conflicted. Plagued by doubts. Trying to reconcile his good traits with his bad traits. It was an emotional see saw. And that's a testament to Sandra Brown's writing ability. To her characterization.  The plot was so layered I never knew where it was going. And when I thought I did, Ms. Brown threw me a curve ball. The characters are all distinctive, and her descriptions of the landscape or the surroundings always left a clear picture in my head.  I love this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a 5 star book 80% of the way through. As with many mysteries, once the truth begins to reveal itself, there is disappointment. At the same time, events are very lopsided towards “the good guys” in a Hollywood fashion – would make a great movie. And, just like a prior Sandra Brown novel I read, the physical characterization of the main woman and man are “ideal”. There are several sex scenes so well described that the aforementioned movie would be X-Rated. Regardless, the book is still worth reading and is good overall.
Chrystal54 More than 1 year ago
Unpredictable plot twists, romance, and a shocking climax drive this riveting mystery.